VH-FAW Piper PA-25-235/A1 Pawnee B
registered to Field Air of Ballarat in June 1965. In October 1972 it
two-seater with a wider fuselage and an altered profile to the rear
decking as a PA25-235/A1.
Field Air operated extensively in the NSW Riverina and David Carter’s
photograph shows -FAW
Griffith in early 1980. The Pawnee had several
short absences from the register during 1970s
and 1980s, likely during seasonal lulls in aerial work. On
October 18, 1983, it was damaged in an
and it was off the register for almost two years. On 27
October 1988 it crashed when it
got tangled in powerlines while spraying near Inverleigh, Victoria.
The pilot was seriously injured
and –FAW extensively damaged. However it
was restored to the register in December 1990.
In more recent times –FAW has been used a glider tug, like so many
Pawnees. It was owned by the
Caboolture Gliding Club until its engineless airframe was disposed of
in 2009 . In August 2016 the
owner was Joe Luciani, president of the Ballarat Aero Club and the
proprietor of Aeroswift Comp-
osites, a business specialising in inspecting and repairing
composite aircraft. He bought the Pawnee